Currently reading this post for my Tuesday Exams paper. So helpful !!


Chinua Achebe’s stance on the novelist as a teacher is a curious one. He mentions towards the beginning of the essay that he is placed into the role of a teacher – whether he desires the position or not – because his works are read mostly by children of school age. Although Achebe accepts that “it is part of [his] business as a writer to teach” (71), he does not believe that it is his role to undertake the lessons others wish he would teach. When faced with criticism for squandering “a rare opportunity for education” (69), Achebe is adamant that “no self-respecting writer will take dictation from his audience” (69). Even though he seems to have very little regard for what society expects of him (both as an author and as a teacher), Achebe sees the value of being looked at as an educator – he has taken advantage…

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